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What a great line :)

Also, if you happen to be riding in a cart one day, and you find that you have to loosen the strap holding your bag in place to access some extra balls in the back pocket, DO NOT FORGET to tighten it up before you drive off again. This will scratch your clubs. Don't ask me why I know this.

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You aren't the only one I'm pointing out, but that kind of thinking has never made sense to me. Maybe you have clubs that you purchased from a pawn shop. I don't know, but do you and other with this frame of mind have no pride in your belongings? What kind of car do you drive? What kind of house do you live in? It's all relevant. Maybe you never wash your car and it looks like you don't use your brakes... you just run into trees to stop it. Maybe you never mow your grass or maintain your house and it looks like trash lives there. What's the difference? You can say that your car gets you from point A to point B so why worry about the car, just worry about the trip. Not trying to be a jerk, but to tell someone else not to worry about their possessions when they obviously have some concern about the care of them is pretty irresponsible. I've asked the question when I first got my new clubs and yes, there were some answers that reflected the careless attitude of some, but there are still some out here that really enjoy having nice things and taking care of them.

Lazyness also comes into play.

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I have iron covers on my clubs, I don't think it's idiotic at all. Although before I had them, I will admit I laughed at the people with iron covers. Now I'm a convert.

Also, the reason I got them was only partially due to protecting from scratches and dings. The main reason I got them was to minimize bag noise. I usually walk and the sound of the irons banging into eachother right behind my head was ANNOYING. Also, I felt like I was disturbing other people on the course with my loud bag chatter.

Anyway, if you want to avoid nicks and scratches as much as possible WITHOUT iron covers, I would clean (at least brush off) after every shot, and wash them after every round.

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. . . I want to keep the irons free from scratches and since I don't want to look like an idiot with iron covers . . .

I might have gotten a little passionate about this response but take into consideration that the OP didn't ask "who doesn't give a crap about their clubs". He asked how to take care of them.

He apparently doesn't care for iron covers though. A lot of people don't care for iron covers, yet they manage to have a well maintained home and automobile.

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I've got very soft forged clubs, and don't think they get dinged up very much at all. The most damage is taken on the face and sole when I swing with them, not from bag clatter.

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You made a good choice as far as durability goes. The X20 model has a dull steel finish, and doesn't show little nicks and scratches as much as the shinier clubs.

As far as iron covers, a small-college players advises against using them on the course. He puts them on the clubs while bag is in transit, removes them at the other end, and puts them back on after final cleaning of clubs. He says iron covers on the course contribute to rust by trapping moisture. May depend on local climate.

And like Zeg says, make sure you cinch up the cart strap around your bag. A couple of courses nearby have beat up carts, and (surprise) beat-up straps which don't hold. Almost need a bungee cord to keep your bag in place.

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IMO...no real golfer uses iron headcovers....

Clean the grooves before every shot and you are good to go.....

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IMO...no real golfer uses iron headcovers....

Clean the grooves before every shot and you are good to go.....

So I was not a real golf player those years I used them. Good to know. I always wondered what conditions had to be met to be a real golfer.

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IMO...no real golfer uses iron headcovers....

2nd this ...

Steel clubs will get scratched - most people accept this from a metal implement that is bashed repeatedly into the ground with great force.     Woods / hybrids on the other hand should be protected from bag chatter - I use my head covers at all times, as I don't want to see any paint chips and maybe more importantly, don't want to sound like a Christmas tree bouncing down the fairway in the back of a golf cart ...

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So I was not a real golf player those years I used them. Good to know. I always wondered what conditions had to be met to be a real golfer.

Hahahaha .......You are correct!!!!    When it comes to irons,....'tis true....real golfers don't use iron head covers!!   I can probably list 100s of criteria to distinguish between the "real" or "non" golfer given enough time and golf related topics.................. ;-)

This is a quickie....reason #2..

Only non-golfers stop at the turn to eat a meal!!!   What's up with that?    I can go on and on, but there isn't enough time in the day to make a list.  HEH

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That subject has to be its own thread. I think i could even add a couple of points to it when it shows up.

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That subject has to be its own thread. I think i could even add a couple of points to it when it shows up.

You are correct!!  I created a thread...................LOL

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You aren't the only one I'm pointing out, but that kind of thinking has never made sense to me. Maybe you have clubs that you purchased from a pawn shop. I don't know, but do you and other with this frame of mind have no pride in your belongings? What kind of car do you drive? What kind of house do you live in? It's all relevant. Maybe you never wash your car and it looks like you don't use your brakes... you just run into trees to stop it. Maybe you never mow your grass or maintain your house and it looks like trash lives there. What's the difference? You can say that your car gets you from point A to point B so why worry about the car, just worry about the trip. Not trying to be a jerk, but to tell someone else not to worry about their possessions when they obviously have some concern about the care of them is pretty irresponsible. I've asked the question when I first got my new clubs and yes, there were some answers that reflected the careless attitude of some, but there are still some out here that really enjoy having nice things and taking care of them.

Now, I'll get off my soap box, but I'm one of those that keeps my clubs looking as new as possible because I'm proud of them. I keep covers on mine, and to the OP, if you are shallow enough to think that it makes one look like an idiot then I'm an idiot in your eyes, but then, I didn't call you to ask your opinion. I'm not one that thinks that someone sounds like they are dedicated to the game just by abusing their equipment.

If you don't want to look like an idiot by covering your clubs, then maybe you could leave your golf bag at home and carry your clubs individually in your pants pockets.

I might have gotten a little passionate about this response but take into consideration that the OP didn't ask "who doesn't give a crap about their clubs". He asked how to take care of them.

I have no pride in my belongings.  None whatsoever.  I don't wash my car and I *certainly* don't clean my golf clubs.  Now . .the grass I never mow but we have a lawn guy for that.

In all seriousness, though, some people see golf clubs as tools.  Do you wash your hammer?  To me, a golf club is like a hammer . .it's not a fancy piece of jewelry or fine equipment.

Also, in all seriousness .. I never wash my car although I *have* washed my car.  My golf clubs . .never.  Most I'll do is knock the big pieces of dirt off with my shoe or scrape the crud out of the grooves with a tee while I'm waiting to hit.  And head covers for irons?  Well . .if I don't use head covers on my woods, I'm not going to use them on my irons, either.  And yes . .my clubs are probably all beat up . .if I took the time to look.

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In all seriousness, though, some people see golf clubs as tools.  Do you wash your hammer?  To me, a golf club is like a hammer . .it's not a fancy piece of jewelry or fine equipment.

If it gets dirty and would thus rust or otherwise cease to perform well for as long as it should, absolutely.

The point of washing clubs is to prolong their function, not to "treat them like a fancy piece of jewelry."

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If it gets dirty and would thus rust or otherwise cease to perform well for as long as it should, absolutely.

The point of washing clubs is to prolong their function, not to "treat them like a fancy piece of jewelry."

You mean I shouldn't break out the metal polish and get them all shiny?

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If it gets dirty and would thus rust or otherwise cease to perform well for as long as it should, absolutely.

The point of washing clubs is to prolong their function, not to "treat them like a fancy piece of jewelry."

ehhh  .I think some guys treat them like fancy pieces of jewelry.  I guess if I dropped my club in a pond I'd wipe it dry  .but I have 4 sets of irons .. none of which have ever been washed and none of which have rusted.  They are cast, though, not forged.  A fancy golfer, such as yourself, probably has forged clubs.  Forged clubs with recently changed grips, I'll bet.  But you're a PGA professional . - I don't need clean clubs or new grips.  That would take away most of my best excuses.

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Invest in a decent bag, including one with either individual slots for the clubs, use your head covers and keep the irons clean and dirt free after every shot shot. I use a small brush i bought in a paint store, the bristles are a very course but made of plastic. I then have this brush on a retractable( recoil) lanyard, I have it mounted on the outside of the bag. If you have to dig thru your bag every time you want to clean out the grooves, you'll never do it frequently enough- like every time.

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If it gets dirty and would thus rust or otherwise cease to perform well for as long as it should, absolutely.

The point of washing clubs is to prolong their function, not to "treat them like a fancy piece of jewelry."

ehhh  .I think some guys treat them like fancy pieces of jewelry.  I guess if I dropped my club in a pond I'd wipe it dry  .but I have 4 sets of irons .. none of which have ever been washed and none of which have rusted.  They are cast, though, not forged.  A fancy golfer, such as yourself, probably has forged clubs.  Forged clubs with recently changed grips, I'll bet.  But you're a PGA professional . - I don't need clean clubs or new grips.  That would take away most of my best excuses.

I don't make a point of washing my clubs, but I still keep them clean.  I wipe them with a damp towel after every shot, and use a brush to keep the grooves clean.  That is solely for the purpose of preserving their function.  I don't worry about scratches and dings.  They are tools designed to strike the ground.  The ground is not always soft turf.  I've hit from gravel and pebbles, from concrete and asphalt, from tree roots.  I've never broken a club or hurt myself in any of those situations.

My clubs do have some nicks and scratches.... battle scars proudly earned. :beer:

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